Thursday, July 2, 2020

4th of July NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/4/20 - 7/5/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Friday - Sunday, July 3 - 5 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
American Flag Celebration

Join the Historic Village at Allaire as they Celebrate the USA in their beautiful Chapel for a one-of-a-kind display of Vintage American Flags from the Historic Allaire Collection. Rarely put on display, these flags represent the heart of American History. Get an up close view of each stitch, star, and detail of these treasured flags of the past. $2 per person to view the flags on display.

There will be COVID-19 food services on-site all three days of the event by Pilsen Gourmet.

Village general admission: The pre-registration price is $5.00 for ages 4 and up. At the gate, day of the admission price is $7.00 for for ages 4 and up. Under 3 are free. The historic buildings will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Through Saturday, July 4
New Jersey's Declarations of Independence
Virtual Program

As the Continental Congress debated the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, New Jersey's own Provincial Congress met in Burlington to vote for American independence and adopt a Constitution for New Jersey.

Among the delegates in Burlington were Old Dutch Parsonage's Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh and Col. Frederick Frelinghuysen. With their historic home as our backdrop and touchstone, we'll explore New Jersey's Charter (June 24, 1664), instructions to delegates to the Continental Congress (June 22, 1776) and first Constitution (July 2, 1776) with new videos every other day from June 22 to July 4, 2020. Go here for more information and to see the videos: https://www.facebook.com/events/330655837926780

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Saturday, July 4 - Wildwood, Cape May County
George Boyer Museum Open

The Wildwood Historical Society's George Boyer Museum will be open during the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The museum will be open Saturday, July 4.

It's FREE to visit the Wildwood Historical Society! Voted the 5th best attraction in Wildwood according to TripAdvisor, we make an excellent rainy day activity. Ask for our scavenger hunt -- children love it! Park in our parking lot to avoid parking meters. The George Boyer Museum is located at 3907 Pacific Ave, 3907 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ. For more informatio, call 609-523-0277, email wildwoodhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com, or visit www.WildwoodHistoricalMuseum.com.

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Saturday, July 4
"Virtual Independence Day Ice Cream Social"
Virtual Program

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Log On One, Log On All, and Partake In
The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association's
Very 1st "Virtual Independence Day Ice Cream Social" on Saturday!

"TURN ON" - your PC, Tablet, or Smart Phone

"TUNE IN" - go to www.presidentcleveland.org

"DROP IN" (Online, of course!) and expand your mind and holiday spirit with a variety of July 4th experiences that focus on "Caldwell's Own" U. S. President, Grover Cleveland, and some amazing Independence Day fun-facts and trivia about our town.

Fun Facts - Trivia - Activities - Recipes - Crafts Amazing History Stories - Really Bad Jokes

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Saturday, July 4 - Morristown, Morris County
“Revolutionary Times” Goes Virtual on July 4th
Virtual Program

COVID-19 is not about to stop a Morris County Fourth of July tradition — it’s just going to make it a virtual celebration for one year. The Morris County Tourism Bureau, the Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Association of New Jersey, and partners intend to celebrate America’s birthday in Morris County with a unique version of the annual Revolutionary Times events.

It will feature some colorful history of the Declaration of Independence, including the annual reading by costumed rangers Eric Olsen and Tom Winslow, of Morristown National Historical Park.

Residents will be able to view the program on Morristown National Historical Park’s Facebook page beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday. To view the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/MorristownNPS.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 4 - 5 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Family Friendly Site

The Cape May Lighthouse is an 1859 structure with 199 steps to the watch gallery for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House contains a fully-accessible Visitors' Orientation Center and a Museum Shop stocked with maritime accessories and lighthouse memorabilia. Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cape May Point State Park is located in Lower Township, NJ. Admission to the Visitors' Orientation Center and the ground floor of the lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Children under 3 and active military are FREE. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, July 4 - 5 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly Site

Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey's last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After an award-winning restoration in 2009, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while learning about the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower, the All Veterans Memorial, and boardwalk interpretive panels are fully accessible. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12) (one child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, July 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Painted Ladies, Porches & More! Walking Tour

Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes and begins at 10:00 and 11:30 am.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 3-12 years old. The tour begins at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask during the tour. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.capemaymac.org. Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, July 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlen Physick Estate Tour
Family Friendly Tour

Take a guided tour of Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, the magnificent Stick Style mansion attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. Tours will be at 11:15 am, 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

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